Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: ENGL-1302- Section: 74E
English Composition II
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|Description||Intensive study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasis on effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis, and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 or its equivalent Note: Students whose degree plan re|
|Prerequisites||Passed English 1301; Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.|
Course Student Learning Outcomes upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes. PSLO 1 measured by essay rubric.
2. Develop ideas and synthesize primary and secondary sources within focused academic arguments, including one or more research-based essays. PSLO 1 & 4 measures by class discussion/teamwork and essay rubric.
3. Analyze, interpret, and evaluate a variety of texts for the ethical and logical uses of evidence. PSLO 1 & 2 measured by essay rubric.
4. Write in a style that clearly communicates meaning, builds credibility, and inspires belief or action. PSLO 1, 2, 6, Alpha measured by class discussion and essay rubric, pre-test/post-test.
5. Apply the conventions of style manuals for specific academic disciplines. PSLO 2 measured by essay rubric.
*Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral, and visual communication.
*Critical Thinking skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts, and constructing solutions.
*Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
*Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national, and/or global communities.
*Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making.
|Program Student Learning Outcomes|
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|Each week we will cover a selection of literature ranging from fictional short stories to poetry to drama. Each week students will be asked to read the assigned works, post in a Discussion Board every Wednesday (answering prompts and questions), and complete a 2-3 MLA formatted Response Paper based on the weekly readings and discussions; these Response Papers count for almost half of the entire grade for the semester, so they need to be taken seriously and submitted on time in order to succeed in this class. After Spring break, there will be a heavily weighted Research Paper, and we will spend 3 weeks working on this assignment together; you will have multiple parts to this large research paper, and you need to receive my approval on each step before moving on to the next. There will be a Midterm Exam before we break for Spring Break and a Final Exam the last week of the semester. I will also assign pop quizzes over the readings if at any point I feel that students are not engaged in the discussions or reading the assigned texts.|
***I will provide a more detailed reading/assignment schedule at the start of the semester**
Week 1: Welcome/Syllabus/Schedule/Discussion Board/ Writing Exercise
Week 2: Fiction/ Discussion Board (DB)/Response Paper (RP)
Week 3: Fiction/DB/RP
Week 4: Fiction/DB/RP
Week 5: Fiction/DB/RP
Week 6: Poetry/DB/RP
Week 7: Poetry/DB/RP
Week 8: Midterm Exam
Week 9: *Spring Break*
Week 10: Research Paper: Topic/Preliminary Bibliography
Week 11: Research Paper: Outline/Quotations
Week 12: Research Paper Due
Week 13: Drama/DB/Quiz
Week 14: Drama/DB/Quiz
Week 15: Drama/DB/RP
Week 16: Final review/ Final Exam
|Final Exam Date||May 10, 2021 - 12:0 AM Through May 10, 2021 - 11:59 PM|
|Grading Scale||90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F|
10% - Midterm Exam
10% - Final Exam
15% - Assignments
25% - Research Paper
40% - Response Papers
All of the writing in this class must be written by the student enrolled in the class without any outside help.
***Plagiarism policy will strictly enforced: a first offense will result in a 0 for the assignment, and the second offense will result in failing the class. Ignorance is not a defense. A Plagiarism Contract will be posted in class and virtually acknowledged by each student who verifies he/she understands exactly what plagiarism is and the consequences if it is committed. Plagiarism is a serious offense and will be dealt with as such.
Late work will will not be accepted, but early submissions are encouraged. You have assignments due weekly, so if you find yourself unable to turn them in on Wednesdays and Fridays then you should turn in work Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students with more than three unexcused absences will receive an academic penalty in the form of a grade reduction. Excessive tardiness will, likewise, have an effect on your grade.
As an online course, your "attendance" will be noted by your log in access dates on Blackboard, which can be seen by the instructor. Additionally, I will be providing weekly discussion posts in which a student must respond in order to be counted "present" and "participating" in the class.
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
|ADA Considerations||The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
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I will be grading your essays using a ten category 1301/1302 Essay Grading Rubric, which I will provide for you at the beginning of the semester. I will be posting your grades on Blackboard for you to access at any point throughout the semester. If you would like to meet with me about your grade, then you will need to schedule an appointment with me.
Communication is key. I receive emails directly to my phone, and I am quick to respond. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns at any point in the semester, please feel free to reach out to me. There is no need for you to go through the semester with any unanswered questions or unaddressed issues. I am here to assist you in any way that I can, and I want everyone to get the most out of their online experience this semester!
Come talk to me if you are struggling; my door is always open. Your success in this class in important to me!
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|